Killer saved from execution at last minute
THE executioner placed the noose around his neck and the convicted killer known as Balal prepared to meet his maker.
He was saved by the unlikely intervention of his victim's mother who rushed forward, slapped him across the face, and insisted that he be pardoned.
Seven years ago Balal, who is in his 20s, stabbed Abdollah Hosseinzadeh (18) during a street brawl. In a literal application of qisas, the sharia law of retribution, the victim's family were to participate in Balal's punishment by pushing the chair on which he stood.
Instead, the victim's mother approached, slapped the convict in the face and then decided to forgive her son's killer. The victim's father removed the noose and Balal's life was spared.